10 ideas how to reuse and repurpose old windows

Thursday, April 16th, 2016 - House Tips

As our landfill sites continue to overflow, waste clearance has become an issue of vital importance, and we are all looking for alternative ways to reuse thousands of unwanted items and therefore reduce the demand for waste clearance. Also, let's not forget how economical recycling can be for us human beings, as well as being kind to the planet. One item that can be reused in a surprising number of ways is the humble window. An old window can be used in a variety of alternative forms to create a quirky, unique, and yet practical addition to both homes and businesses. Here are just 10 ways in which to re-use an old window. I wonder how many more you can come up with?

  1. Keen gardeners often use old windows by converting them into cold frames - ideal for keeping flowers and vegetables away from those winter frosts, and a fraction of the cost of buying a new one!
  2. Old windows are perfect for making really stunning photo frames, especially when there are varying numbers of panes. You can also add a favorite landscape or beach picture to create a scenic view from your very own room!
  3. Large windows can be very successfully used as room dividers, adding both spectacular separation and light.
  4. Old windows can make an eye-catching way to display art and crafts, by pinning items to the frames, or sticking things on the panes with reusable (see, we're doing it again!) putty. Also, a great place for shopping lists! 
  5. Tired looking cupboards can be transformed by replacing the old doors with windows. This will save you an absolute fortune in buying new ones, and also encourage you to keep your cupboards tidy!
  6. Add a few hooks, and an old window can become a very handy hanger for keys, hats and coats, and whatever else you fancy.
  7. Old windows can become pieces of art in their own right, and they will be true originals! Stain and/or paint the panes, decorate frames, write philosophical messages, the possibilities are endless. Set your artistic side free and let your imagination run wild! 
  8. Looking for a totally unique coffee table top? Look no further than your old window! Plus, any spillages can be simply wiped away with no risk of staining, as can happen with wood. Easy to see your books and magazines through and all your friends will want to know where you bought it!
  9. You can make a truly lovely Christmas centerpiece with an old window. Hung on a wall, you can partially spray the panes with fake snow and create winter scenes, decorate with tinsel and baubles, or even add names and pin Christmas stockings to it. Plus, it will keep any over-excited children busy! Top tip: Perfect place to hang it would be the chimney! 
  10. Even bars, tearooms and restaurants can benefit from the use of old windows, as they make extremely trendy menus. They can simply be hung on the walls and a white pen used to write what’s available on the panes and is easily changed for those last minute specials!

I hope that these ideas go some way towards showing that even old windows can be reused and therefore, not wasted. In addition to this, think of the money to be saved by making these new objects from our old windows, rather than buying them! Let's hope that at least by recycling these and similar items, our waste clearance issues will start to improve. 

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